Thursday, March 01, 2007

span-o (the small press action network - ottawa) presents:

a last-minute reading at the carleton tavern
lovingly hosted by rob mclennan

with readings by:
Hugh Thomas (Fredericton)
& local Ottawa openers
Max Middle
& Sandra Ridley

Saturday, March 10, 2007; readings at 7:30pm, doors at 7
The Carleton Tavern (upstairs), Armstrong & Parkdale (in the Parkdale Market)

author bios:

Hugh Thomas is a poet and translator who lives in Fredericton, where he teaches mathematics at the University of New Brunswick. BookThug published a chapbook of his poetry, Mutations, in 2004; he published another chapbook himself in 2006, Joyce's Walking Stick. Poems of his appeared in the anthology Shift and Switch and in periodicals such as dig and CRASH.

Max Middle is a poet, performance artist, musician and photographer. He is not easily charmed but loves magic. Recently, he has been conducting investigations into performance art, sound poetry and improvised music with some very talented collaborators. He is a founding member of the music, noise, poetry and art performance experiment the Max Middle Sound Project, which staged its debut performances during the 2004 Ottawa Fringe Festival. Middle is the author of three poetry chapbooks A Creation Song (Ottawa ON: above/ground press, 2004), smthg (above/ground press, 2005) and flow march n powder blossom s (above/ground press, 2006) and was included in the anthology Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry (Toronto ON: The Mercury Press, 2005). An interview with Middle appeared in the first issue of ottawater, and more information, including audio files, can be found at He was recently included in the anthology Decalogue: ten Ottawa poets (Chaudiere Books, 2006).

Sandra Ridley was a Fringe Reader at the 2006 Eden Mills Writers' Festival, and received an Honourable Mention for the 2006 Diana Brebner Prize. Her recent work can be found, or is forthcoming, in Arc, Carousel, Grain, Taddle Creek, and in the Huntsville Festival of Arts' anthology, Fringe Festival Poetry. Always a wheat farm girl, she currently lives in Ottawa.

for more information, contact rob mclennan at
the small press action network - ottawa (cleaning out yr literary clogs since 1996); thanks to Simon at the Carleton Tavern for providing space and much love.

next span-o reading: a Snare Books special at the Factory Reading Series, Ottawa Art Gallery, Thursday, March 22, with Angela Carr (Montreal) & Melissa Thompson (Montreal)

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